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EMAS and the Culture of the Environment

Chair of Conference, Paulo Pinho
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EMAS and the Culture of the Environment
10 FEB 2015
The conference ‘EMAS and the Culture of the Environment’ pretends to sign the certification of the Foundation with the European Environment Management and Audit Scheme, better known as EMAS.
In this sense, this international conference integrated in the commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Serralves Foundation, constitutes a privileged opportunity for environmental education and awareness, and for the discussion and exchange of experiences between public and private institutions coming from different areas of intervention, on the various and profound implications of obtaining and maintaining the environmental certification EMAS.
As the title of the conference, its international character and the wide range of and highly qualified guest speakers suggests, it is our intention that the discussions will not be circumscribed to the nature and implications of the EMAS certification, but will extend further to the interplay between cultural and environmental policies and, within the latter, to the complex debate on climate change, arguably one of the greatest challenges faced by contemporary societies.
In fact, the question is not only, as in a recent past, about the design and incorporation of planning and management policies of natural resources and of environment and landscape qualification into the economic and social development processes, but also and perhaps more importantly, to enhance the cultural dimension of environmental policies, able to foster a gradual but profound change of dominant consumption patterns and current lifestyles, increasingly intensive in natural and energy resources.

With a rich and diverse programme, the conference ‘EMAS and the Culture of the Environment’ addresses a wide audience, coming from, inter alia, the Founding Institutions of Serralves, the Municipalities, the various government institutions operating at regional level, such as the CCDRN and the Regional Agencies, large and medium-sized enterprises, business associations and trade unions, NGOs, in particular related to environmental matters, and the vast universe of education and academia.

The conference opens with a welcome address from the President of the Serralves Foundation, Luís Braga da Cruz and an introductory presentation by the Conference Chair Paulo Pinho. The interventions of Luis Neves, Diretor Corporate Compliance and Certification, SGS, and Nuno Lacasta, President of the Portuguese Environment Agency, close this session. 

First session of the morning
Chaired by António Brito, Paula Antunes provides an overview on the concept and application of the Environmental Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) under both a methodological and an institutional perspective. Miguel Coutinho, the second speaker, develops the innovative concept of impact assessment of major events on the environment and on local communities. 

Second morning session
Chaired by Joaquim Poças Martins, the presentations of two EMAS case studies involving cultural institutions, the Cosmo La Caixa Foundation from Barcelona, presented by Cristina Smandia and the case of the Serralves Foundation, presente by Odete Patrício.

First afternoon session
Chaired by Eduardo Oliveira Fernandes, this session is dedicated to confronting experiences with EMAS by a number of different institutions in the public and private sector, operating in diverse fields of intervention. The case of the Oceanarium of Lisbon is presented by Miguel Oliveira, the EDP – Production (Electricity of Portugal) is presented by António Castro, and the Municipality of Ponta Delgada (Azores) is presented by Vânia Pimentel.

Last session
With a more comprehensive nature, we seek to explore the cultural dimension of environmental policies currently facing the great global challenge of climate change. To this end, we have a broad international panel of academics and notable thinkers on environmental issues, such as Teresa Andresen and Luisa Schmidt, prominent experts in landscape architecture and sociology of environmental phenomena, respectively, and also of Phil Jones and Tim O'Riordan , the first director of  the ‘Low Carbon Research Institute’ of Wales and the second Emeritus Professor and Fellow of the British Academy.

Chair: Paulo Pinho
Access: free participation subject to previous registration via email to m.ferreira@serralves.pt

Project "Serralves - Património Classificado" co-financed by
Conference Sponsor
  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Schedule09h00 - 18h00
  • Days10 FEB 2015
Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and Director of CITTA - Research Centre into Territory, Transport and the Environment (FEUP / FCTUC).
He was recently elected General Secretary of AESOP, the Association of European Schools of Planning, for a 4-year term (2015-2019).
He has a B. Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from FEUP (1978), a  PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (1985) and an Aggregation in Civil Engineering from FEUP (1997).
He is an international consultant and specialist in Land Planning and Use for the Ordem dos Engenheiros (Portuguese Engineers Association). He has served as an adviser to several institutions, including the European Commission (DG XI - Environment), the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Planning, and the Regional Development and Coordination Commissions of the North and Centre of Portugal.
He is the author of an extensive bibliography on Urban Planning, Territorial Planning, Transport and Environment Policy, published in international books and journals.

Professor Tim O’Riordan is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. 
He received an OBE in 2010, is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk, served as Sheriff of Norwich (2009-10), and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He holds an MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh, an MS in Water Resources Engineering from Cornell University, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge. In June 2013, he was awarded the honour of Distinguished Friend of Oxford.
He has edited a number of key books on the institutional aspects of global environmental change, policy and practice, led two international research projects on the transition to sustainability in the European Union (1995-2002) and edited two editions of the text book, Environmental Science for Environmental Management. He edited editing (with Tim Lenton) a book on Addressing Tipping Points for Oxford University Press and the British Academy, which was published in August 2013.
Professor O’Riordan is actively involved in research addressing the themes associated with better governance for sustainability. He is also active in the evolution of sustainability science partnerships. His direct work relates to designing future coastlines in East Anglia in England and in Portugal, so that they are ready for sea level rise and the creation of sound economies and societies for a sustainable future.
He served as a core member of the Prince of Wales' seminar on Business and the Environment. Through his Associate Fellow position with the Cambridge Institute on Sustainability Leadership (CISL), he has many contacts with the business world. 
He serves as Special Advisor to the House of Commons Environment Audit Committee and also as Special Advisor to the CISL Collaboratory on sustainable water stewardship. He chairs the UK Sustainability Knowledge Network which is a web-based association of active researchers all over the UK.
Professor O’Riordan is an Executive Editor of Environment Magazine
His other research interests cover interdisciplinary approaches to pursuing the transition to sustainability, risk perception and communication, business and social virtue.  
Tim O’Riordan plays classical double bass in a Norwich orchestra, which he has chaired for over 25 years.

Professor Phil Jones is Professor of Architectural Science at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, and he chairs the Wales Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI), a consortium of 6 Welsh universities working with government and industry to promote the low carbon agenda. He chairs the Building Regulation Advisory Committee for the Welsh Government. He also chairs the EU COST Action on Smart Energy Regions (SmartER), which has 28 member countries, and is addressing energy use in the built environment at a regional scale.  He has worked on a range of research and design projects on sustainability, energy use and environmental performance, at building and urban scale.

Employee of the Municipality of Ponta Delgada, since 2005, she has a B. Sc. degree and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, from the University of the Azores. She is currently working as the Head of the Environment and Urban Services Department of the Municipality of Ponta Delgada, where she is responsible for the following areas:
- planning and management of selective and undifferentiated waste collection in the Municipality of Ponta Delgada;
- planning and management of complementary activities associated to waste collection, including all urban sanitation activities and control of pests and weeds in the city of Ponta Delgada, as well as cleaning and maintenance of the city’s various public toilets;
- management of concession of 6 bathing areas;
- planning and coordination of all environmental training and awareness initiatives in the area of urban waste management and the various programmes developed by NGOs or other institutions in which the Municipality is a partner;
- management of the Official Pets Collection Centre.
In 2006, she was in charge of the early development and implementation of the city’s environmental management system, which obtained the environmental certification NP EN ISO 14001: 2004 in 2007.  The environmental management system - whose scope has been progressively extended - subsequently received the EMAS III environmental certification in September 2010. However, after two rounds of enlargement of the municipal activities inserted within the scope of the environmental certification, the environmental management system was subject to two revalidations of the ISO 14001 certification and 1 revalidation of the EMAS III certification.
Since April 2014, and following the continuous improvement foreseen within the management systems, EMAS certification now forms an integral part of the Quality Management and Environment System of the Municipality of Ponta Delgada, whose motto and challenge remains: "better performance in order to enable us to serve our residents better”. 

Full Associate Professor at the University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, he has written about 50 articles published in international journals with peer review (h14), amongst a total of 150 communications in the fields of water, water resources and sustainability. He is a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering, and has also worked as a consultant for various national and international institutions. Chairman of the Board of the Região Hidrográfica do Norte (Hydrographic Region of the North), IP (2008-2012) and Regional Director of Water Resources and Territorial Planning in the Azores (2000-2002). He is currently a board member of the Parceria Portuguesa para a Água (Portuguese Water Partnership) (PPA), the Associação Portuguesa de Recursos Hídricos (Portuguese Water Resources Association) (APRH) and the Associação Engenharia para o Desenvolvimento e Assistência Humanitária (Engineering Association for Development and Humanitarian Assistance) (EpDAH). He was previously the Chairman of the Environment and Engineering College of the Ordem dos Engenheiros (Engineers Association), and is a member of the Board of Admissions and Qualifications.

Born in Lisbon (1971), married with 2 children.
B. Sc. Hons degree in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of the Algarve, and post-graduate qualifications in: Safety Management from the Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde (Higher Institute of Health Sciences); Quality Management and Environmental Management from the Agesfal Management Institute; Finance for Non-Financial Persons, from AESE; Project Management from the Project Management Institute; and Exhibit Management from George Mason University. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Algarve, in the field of "role of artificial reefs in the promotion of biodiversity and sustainability of eco-tourism in Cape Verde: biological, ecological and land-planning aspects."
He is the head of the Commercial and Operations Department and the Quality, Environment and Social Responsibility Department of the Oceanário de Lisboa SA, where he has worked since 1997. Since 2012, he has simultaneously served as member of the Management Board of the Sociedade Telecabine de Lisboa Lda.
Between 2003 and 2012, he worked as a Consultant, Auditor and Trainer in the fields of quality management, process re-engineering, environmental management and safety management for companies such as Konica Minolta, CTTexpresso, Xerox Portugal and Iberobrita, among many others.
He was the Coordinator of the Scientific project "Rebuilding Nature - Artificial Reefs of Cape Verde" (2008-2012) and manager of several projects, including decoration of the marine environments of the aquariums of Lisbon Oceanarium (1996), the "Lost Forest" of the Colombo Shopping Centre (1998), the "Sea Monsters" exhibition (2007) and " Fluviário de Mora " exhibition (2007).
He was the Principal investigator of the research lab, Bimini Biological Field Station, Bahamas of the University of Miami in 1996 and Marine Biologist of the David L. Manworren Corporation in 1997. 
He is the author and co-author of a dozen international scientific articles, with over 30 presentations in conferences and scientific forums. 
He has been an active participant in various association activities, including, among others, participation as President of the University of Algarve’s Student Association (1992-93), Founder and Vice President of the Portuguese Association for the Study and Conservation of Elasmobranch (1997- 2001), President of the "European Elasmobranch Association" (1999-2001), member of the Educational Council of the Prof. Noronha Feio School and President of the Audit Revision Commission of the Parents and Guardians Association of the Prof. Noronha Feio School (2011/12, 2013 / current) Member of the General Meeting’s Board of the Parents Association of Professor José Augusto Lucas Secondary School ( 2012/13), President of the Parents Association of Professor José Augusto Lucas Secondary School (2013 / present) Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the Fencing Circle of Amadora Secondary School (2012 / present), Fencing Referee for the Portuguese Fencing Federation, volunteer in the CASA Association - Homeless Support Centre (2012/13).

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